Nancy Kacungira is the first winner of the BBC Komla Dumor Award. The award was established in honor of Ghanaian Focus on Africa and BBC World News morning segment presenter. Komla Dumor joined BBC in 2007 and passed on in 2014. In a report shared by BBC, Nancy said, “I am stunned, but also ecstatic upon hearing this news. I am so greatly honoured and humbled to be the winner of this award.”
Before joining NTV Uganda in October 2012, Nancy Kacungira was one of those voices that graced Uganda radio. Her departure, though celebrated, left a gap that many believed no one could fill. On joining NTV Uganda, she like Rachael Arinaitwe, became an instant darling to one of Uganda’s leading news broadcasts. Nancy however left NTV Uganda to work for Kenya’s KTN where she became a Prime Time News anchor and social media editor.
The beautiful Nancy Kacungira, whose big sister Seanice. L. Kacungira worked for Sanyu Fm, received a great reception in Kenya. If you follow online buzz especially on Twitter, Kenyans gave her a deserving welcome to what became her second home since December 2013. Nancy Kacungira is also the co-founder of Bluflamingo, a digital media company which handles some of the largest brands in Uganda and is responsible for organising the Uganda Social Media Awards where we were nominated Best Blog/Blogger in 2015.
During her Power Fm days, Nancy’s charm and lovely voice kept many tuned in to the radio station. She is a professing Born Again Christian and when Power Fm organised the one week long “Single, Saved and Sexy,” Nancy was one of the speakers. Nancy Kacungira was asked, since she is viewed by many as an independent woman, what she thought of dating a man with less money than the female in the relationship. She said, “Don’t ask what car he drives. Ask what drives him.” She continued, “The ones (men) who are rich want to compete with you. The ones that are broke want you to be their savior.” She encouraged ladies not to settle for less than what they are worth saying, the men who are happy about her success are a little too happy with it. She encouraged men to work hard.
We are more than happy for Nancy who according to the BBC, will spend three months in London and then start reporting on Africa for BBC TV, radio and online. To scoop this award, Nancy Kacungira beat nearly 200 applicants including Leila Dee Dougan from South Africa and Paa Kwesi Asare from Ghana who are both runners up.
We wish her the best with BBC.